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    Republicans are fighting back against Democrats' plans to bolster IRS enforcement to bring in revenue to pay for their Inflation Reduction Act spending bill.  Tucked into the $433 billion reconciliation deal reached between Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and key moderate Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin is $80 billion  over 10 years to expand the IRS and ensure Americans are paying their fair share in taxes.  According to the Congressional Budget Office the beefed-up enforcement would bring in net $127 billion over 10 years.   Dubbed the Inflation Reduction Act, Democrats hope to push through the bill without any Republican votes next month.  It involves at least $260 billion in new spending over 10 years, and would also raise taxes by $326 billion over that time period, according to an analysis from the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation.  The deal, which would include $433 billion in government spending on climate and health programs, would finally give President Biden and Democrats a major policy win ahead of the midterm elections. Democrats plan to enforce existing laws and close loopholes and set a corporate minimum tax...
    PORTSMOUTH — All three Scioto County Commissioners were present and accounted for at Thursday’s regular session, as Chairman of the Commissioners, Scottie Powell called attention to an item that normally doesn’t receive much notice. Before casting a vote on a resolution involving the weekly appropriation of funds, Powell asked his fellow Commissioners and those in attendance to take note. “There’s a couple of items I would like to drag out here that are not typical, there’s a request RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) from our Sheriff’s office for the jail in the amount of $37, 021.00,” Powell said. “This is a technology to be put into the jail that will assist our corrections officers as they manage the population and the rounding-it gives us tighter reporting and it makes the operation much more efficient and effective.” Powell also said that the request from Sheriff David Thoroughman asked for three additional officers, which Powell stated would actually save the county money in the long haul by cutting out some overtime hours, coming to his estimate of a potential $50,000.00 savings over the...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California parole commissioners on Friday recommended parole for the last of three men convicted of hijacking a school bus full of children for $5 million ransom in 1976. The two commissioners decided Frederick Woods, now age 70, is no longer a danger to the public after previous panels had denied him parole 17 times. The parole recommendation could still be rejected by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Woods’ accomplices, brothers Richard and James Schoenfeld, were freed years ago. An appeals court ordered Richard Schoenfeld released in 2012, and former Gov. Jerry Brown paroled James Schoenfeld in 2015. All three were from wealthy San Francisco Bay Area families when they kidnapped 26 children and their bus driver near Chowchilla. They buried the children, ages 5 to 14, along with their bus driver in a ventilated underground bunker east of San Francisco. The victims were able to dig their way out more than a day later. Woods read an apology for his crime, according to a pool report from Friday’s hearing by CBS News producer George...
    MIAMI (AP) — The embattled former police chief of Miami is suing his former employer and city commissioners, saying his public firing three months ago was in retaliation for him speaking out against corruption. Art Acevedo had a six-month tenure and was suspended and then fired after three raucous meetings, in which he says he was “purposefully humiliated” and fired for reporting abuses of power by elected officials. The complaint was filed Wednesday in federal court against the city of Miami, its city manager Art Noriega and three city commissioners. The lawsuit says a memo sent to the mayor and city manager accusing several commissioners of hampering his reform and meddling in the police department should have been protected by the First Amendment, but instead cost him his job. It says his firing was in violation of Florida Whistle-blower’s Act, which protects employees against retaliatory actions for reporting abuses of power. The complaint says that Acevedo was concerned two commissioners were trying to send police for code enforcement to specific bars and restaurants owned by a man...
    Vaccine mandates for workers could become the new normal Every game we cant wait to play on Apple Arcade Each week of the WNBA season, we'll go "All In" on five topics that are worth a closer look and preview what is upcoming. © Provided by Yahoo! Sports (Graphic by Amber Matsumoto/Yahoo Sports) The Commissioner's Cup date on the 2021 WNBA calendar was meant to be the ultimate kickoff party to the second half of the season after a five-week break for the Olympics. Pit two of the league's best teams against each other on a neutral court, throw in a rose gold trophy, a half-million dollars and a halftime performance to boot.  Seems solid. And in theory, it is. Except in reality, it ended up being more of a dud. The Seattle Storm, with three Team USA gold medalists at the helm, looked like they usually do in a championship game: dominant. They tore up the Connecticut Sun, 79-57, in what for the Sun was a slow, rusty performance despite having the advantage of rest. Clearly, that didn't...
    One of the commissioners worked for Donald Trump's 2016 campaign. The Federal Election Commission's Republican members, two Donald Trump appointees, blocked a staff-recommended examination of Trump's alleged campaign finance violations on Thursday. An investigation was recommended after Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen admitted as part of a 2018 plea agreement to making the illegal contributions in the form of hush money to women, including $130,000 to Stormy Daniels, with whom Trump allegedly had extramarital affairs. The commission voted 2-2 on whether to examine if Trump violated campaign finance law by, as the FEC's general counsel wrote, "knowingly accepting excessive contributions from Michael D. Cohen," his former fixer. The resulting deadlock means an investigation will not proceed, as it needed four votes out of six to move forward. One Trump-appointed Republican commissioner, Vice Chair Allen Dickerson, recused himself from the matter. Another, independent Steve Walther, missed the vote but later voted against a motion to dismiss the allegations. By design, the Federal Election Commission can have no more than three...
    SCIOTO — New Scioto County Commissioner Scottie Powell’s first meeting on the Board was an eventful one, marked by an executive session and the filling of the vacancies in the county Children Services Board of Directors. Sworn in officially Saturday, fellow Commissioner Bryan Davis welcomed Powell to the Board before getting into the 15 items on the agenda. “We are very excited about what Mr. Powell is going to be bringing and already brought to the Board,” said Davis, who has taken this week to get better acquainted with Powell. The transition period, where the Board has its full three members for the first time since Mike Crabtree’s passing, is one met with heavy hearts for Davis and Commissioner Cathy Coleman. “We know that we got a good man to fill his seat and he has big shoes to fill,” said Davis. “We are moving forward, and we look forward to 2021 being the best year ever for the county.” The final item on its agenda entered the Board into a rare executive session, which gave consideration toward the employment...
    The Senate on Wednesday voted to approve the nominations of two Republicans and one Democrat to serve on the Federal Election Commission (FEC), restoring a quorum to an agency that has been kneecapped for the past year.  The Senate approved the nominations of Republicans Allen Dickerson and Sean Cooksey and Democrat Shana Broussard by votes of 49-47, 50-47 and 92-4, respectively.  Dickerson, Cooksey and Broussard provide the FEC with a full slate of six commissioners after months of being unable to fully function with only three. Four commissioners are needed for a quorum. Broussard, the first person of color to serve on the FEC, formerly served as counsel to FEC Vice Chair Steven Walter, an independent. She also previously served as an attorney-adviser at the IRS, as deputy disciplinary counsel at the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board, and as a New Orleans assistant district attorney. Prior to his confirmation vote, Dickerson served as the legal director at the Institute for Free Speech in Alexandria, Va., and prior to that was an associate with law firm Kirkland & Ellis. Cooksey previously served prior as general counsel to Sen. Josh...
    The Senate Rules Committee on Thursday voted to approve the nominations of three individuals to serve on the Federal Election Commission (FEC). The panel approved the nominations of Republicans Sean Cooksey and Allen Dickerson to serve as FEC commissioners by voice vote. Senate Rules Committee ranking member Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharScammers step up efforts to target older Americans during pandemic Hillicon Valley: YouTube suspends OANN amid lawmaker pressure | Dems probe Facebook, Twitter over Georgia runoff | FCC reaffirms ZTE's national security risk Democrats urge YouTube to remove election misinformation, step up efforts ahead of Georgia runoff MORE (D-Minn.) and Sens. Tom UdallThomas (Tom) Stewart UdallHaaland has competition to be first Native American to lead Interior  Former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun stumps for Interior post: 'A natural fit for me' Five House Democrats who could join Biden Cabinet MORE (D-N.M.) and Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez MastoHispanic leaders coalesce in support of Lujan Grisham as HHS secretary Favorites emerge as Latino leaders press Biden to appoint 5 Hispanics to Cabinet Senate Democrats reelect Schumer as leader by acclamation  MORE (D-Nev.) asked...
    Pregnant Brittany Cartwright Cradles Baby Bump Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner Things you should never buy on Black Friday Champion jockey Murphy gets three-month ban after positive cocaine test (Reuters) - Dual champion jockey Oisin Murphy has been handed a three-month suspension by France Galop following a positive test for cocaine after the French governing body took into account his defence that he had not knowingly come into contact with the drug.  © Reuters/POOL FILE PHOTO: Royal Ascot     Irishman Murphy, 25, denied any wrongdoing and said the positive result was due to "environmental contamination" after he had sex the night before the July 19 test at Chantilly with a woman who he later discovered occasionally used cocaine. The commissioners of France Galop, the country's governing body for flat racing who adjudicated on the case, took Murphy's explanation into account in making their decision.       "Whilst I am obviously disappointed that I will still have to serve a three-month suspension I am pleased the commissioners accepted the evidence presented and am hugely relieved to have been cleared of taking...
    CEDAR ATTANASIO, AP/Report for America SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Civil Rights Commission is now fully staffed following an announcement from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Friday that she has named the final three members of the nine-member group. The panel was created through legislation in June during a special legislative session that was focused on state funding fixes in the wake of the coronavirus but included discussions around policing and racial inequity as protests raged following the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd in police custody. Under the legislation, the governor appoints three members and the Legislative council appoints six. Lujan's appointees include retired State Supreme Court Justice Richard Bosson, of Santa Fe; former Belen police chief Victor Rodriguez; and current Second Judicial District Chief Judge Stan Whitaker, of Albuquerque, who oversees criminal cases. Rodriguez sued his city after the mayor allegedly asked him to “look the other way" on infractions by officers, according to the Valencia County News Bulletin. Lujan said in June that the commission will set her policing reform agenda for the 2021 legislative...
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